20 - Contemplation

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Contemporary Interpretation

20 - Contemplation

Mature slowly

Nourish
[celestial movements
no-one could
anticipate]
And nourish
[be open to
what is to come]
And disengage.
Mature slowly.

The Changes

yang yang yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Kun, Earth

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

The significance of the characters »approach« and »contemplation« (20) is that in part they give and in part they take.

The image

The wind blows over the earth: the image of contemplation. Thus the ancient kings visited the regions of the world, contemplated the people and gave instruction.

The judgement

Contemplation. The washing is done, but not yet the offering. Confidently, they look up to him. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 20 - contemplation

Lower Trigram: Kun, the Earth

First Change: Kun → Kun, the Earth

The following image is often chosen to describe Kun: soil in which a seedling is growing. Soil is unstructured matter: in soil a ... Read more seedling finds everything it needs to grow; dead plants decay to soil. Kun's meaning, however, goes beyond unstructured matter (such as soil): Kun is unstructured potential, including tangible and non-tangible matter.
When interpreting a hexagram, Kun points at the place which we are at, here and now. Kun invites us to calm down and to use this place / moment as a source of strength. Like a wave rolling back into the sea, its origin, focusing and drawing new energies. Hide

Second Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

During the phase of growth (Kun), while something concrete emerged from unstructured potential, we may have noticed things that are ... Read more unnecessary ballast and block our energies. When Gen evolves from Kun, we can confidingly let go of ballast and entrust ourselves to earth's gravity. This way we not only release muscles and tendons, but our entire being. Hide

Third Change: Li → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Once we have clarity (Li) about ... Read more what exactly we want to achieve or where our destination lies, we can embark on our journey (Sun, the tree / wind) to reach our goal. Hide

Upper Trigram: Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun, the Wind / Tree, stands for a lively, pushing growth from within. Like the landscape's greening in the spring: ... Read more self confident, powerful, without hesitation. Strategical, relentless, unstoppable. Like the wind: passing through every opening, into every corner. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

Did you find the I Ching's reply inspiring and want to penetrate it more deeply? Then download the worksheet and work with it! Below you find again the schematic representation of the hexagram as well as keywords and impulses regarding individual trigrams and core characters – all for you to use with the worksheet.

yang yang yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: my Starting Point

Upper Trigram: my Objective

My First Step: 1st Core Character

My Second Step: 2nd Core Character

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